Trying to explain Bipolar Disorder to a three year old and a five year old was one of the hardest things I have ever done. How was I going to put this into words that they could understand? Telling them that I was in the hospital because I was tired was more confusing to them. Everyday they saw me taking my medication, and everyday they asked what it was. I finally decided to sit down with them and try to get them to understand. I was just going to wing this one, I couldn’t come up with anything that I thought was age appropriate.
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As far back as I can remember, we have always been fed the same philosophy about life. You grow up, go to college, meet the man (or woman) of your dreams, get married, move into a big house with a white picket fence, and have a whole gaggle of kids. That’s what our parents did….or tried to do, so now it’s our turn. What happens if life doesn’t go that way for you? Have you failed at life? In 2014, shouldn’t we have advanced in our thinking, so that the moment 2 people get married, we don’t instantly say, “So? When are you having kids?” I was lucky enough that my parents never said th
A diagnosis of bipolar disorder for a child can devastate parents and confuse children. And yet every year, doctors inform form thousands of parents that their child is exhibiting manic or depressive symptoms.
Because children take their clues from parents, it is important to remain upbeat and hopeful when a doctor asks you to explore the possibility that your child may have a mood disorder.
Indeed, it is reasonable to remain upbeat and hopeful.